Dr. Geoff Grimes

Dr. Geoff Grimes

Associate Faculty

I'm passionate about magical entertainment.

Academic and Professional Degrees Earned

  • PhD, English

    - Texas Tech University

  • MA, English

    - Texas Tech University

  • BA, English

    - Austin College at Sherman

Biography

Geoff has received a “National Jefferson Award for Outstanding Public Service,” and the City of DeSoto has designated “Jeff Grimes Blvd” in his honor for his service to his home town.

Geoff Grimes began his teaching tenure at Amberton University in fall, 1989, and has continued as an adjunct professor of English. Over the years he has taught technical writing, both beginning sections of English composition, creative thinking, critical thinking, business report writing, and—for the past eight years—the senior undergraduate course in effective writing skills.

Geoff holds a B.A. in English from Austin College (Sherman, Texas) and the M.A. and Ph.D in English from Texas Tech University. He has completed post-doctoral studies at the Institute for Latin American Studies at The University of Texas in Austin and international conflict resolution at the United States Institute for Peace in Washington, D.C.

Since 1971, Geoff has worked full-time as an instructor of English at Mountain View College in the Dallas County Community College District. He has also held adjunct positions at the University of Texas at Arlington, Navarro College, Tarrant County College, Paul Quinn University, and Northwood University in Cedar Hill.

In addition to his academic work, Geoff has also been involved in non-profit organizational service. He co-founded, with Paul Benson, the Texas Cultural Alliance that over a period of some twenty years developed international educational programming in 72 countries. He also served as the President of the Board of Directors of Proyecto Adelante, a non-profit legal aid organization assisting asylum applicants fleeing the civil wars in Guatemala and El Salvador. As a part of that work, Geoff co-founded the Dallas Center for Survivors of Torture. In the 1990’s, he became heavily involved in international public relations supporting the United Nations initiative to end the 37-year civil war in Guatemala and was knighted by the Guatemalan Ministry of Education for his work with the school children, teachers, and supervisors over twenty-year period. For thirteen years, Geoff conducted an international citizenship program for children called “Hands Around the World” which featured exchanges of children’s art in more than 70 countries. In the 1980’s Geoff co-created an educational foundation with Drs. Michael Brown and Joseph Goldstein, co-recipients of the 1985 Nobel Prize in Medicine or Physiology. The foundation provide summer stipends for outstanding graduating high school seniors to work in the medical school laboratory with the two Nobel Prize winners. In 2001 he co-founded the Oak Cliff Center for Community Studies which assisted Latinas in entering college and conducted ground-breaking research on barriers to Latino enrollments in higher education. Geoff has received a “National Jefferson Award for Outstanding Public Service,” and the City of DeSoto has designated “Jeff Grimes Blvd” in his honor for his service to his home town. On the lighter side, Geoff followed the completion of his doctoral dissertation on Mark Twain with his one-person concert tour as “Mark Twain: His Own Self,” a dramatic impersonation of the American humorist that he performed for colleges and universities across the Unites States and in four countries. He gave it up after twenty years, he says, “when I grew out of my suit—always an occupational hazard!”

In the last fifteen years, Geoff has returned to his childhood passion, magical entertainment. An active member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians and the Society of American Magicians, Geoff performs each weekend as the house magician at Main Street Magic and Fun Company in McKinney and three nights each week at a local restaurant in Oak Cliff. “Nothing brings me greater joy at this phase of my life than bringing a smile of delight, surprise, and wonder to the faces of children—both young and older.”

Geoff is married to his wife Pam of the last 48 years and is a father of three, a grandfather to six, and a great-grandfather to a wonderful little four-year old boy. He lives with Pam in DeSoto.